Ed Sheeran’s wildlife pond has been given the all-clear by inspectors despite neighbours complaining that it is actually a swimming pool.
A Suffolk Coastal District Council team visited the pop star’s estate as a result of the concerns raised and found “no evidence that it is not a wildlife pond as plants are growing in and around it, or that the planning conditions had been broken.” The kidney-shaped pond includes a small jetty and two sets of steps, and angry locals asked the council to check what it was being used for, claiming it was detrimental to the surroundings and wildlife.
Typical ‘locals’ comments: Tony Robinson wrote: “I believe that the development of the site is more about creating an environment for a ‘wild lifestyle’ rather than actual ‘wildlife’!” and Andrew Cattee said “what was initially a wildlife pond has become a recreational swimming pond, now with the addition of steps, handrail and jetty”.
In the application, Sheeran promised the features would “form interest to the pond” and enable access “in the event of maintenance and emergency”. He was given planning permission for the development on the basis it was used for wildlife and not for swimming or any other recreational leisure activity.